About the Journal of Green Economy and Development

The Journal of Green Economy and Development (JGED) provides a platform for disseminating original research that advances problem solving capacity of policy makers and the private sector in the area of green economy. The journal encourages high quality papers that develop new theories or test existing theories on sustainable development, with potential to impact on energy and resource efficiency, social equity, poverty alleviation and reduction of environmental risks. The journal aims to provide the most complete and reliable source of scientific information in the area of green economy, green health, climate change, green energy, social justice, natural resource management, eco-tourism, poverty alleviation, development finance, governance and sustainability.

The JGED is an international peer reviewed publication that promotes the global agenda to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce poverty and create wealthy nations without the negative impact on the planet and its inhabitants. The annual international journal conference and exhibition, is our podium to connect investors with scientists, artists, and entrepreneurs, for mutual exchange in the green economy space. The annual conference is also a space to showcase cutting edge green business solutions, green products & services, green technology, green science, green indigenous ideas, green education, and green health concepts.

Scope of the Journal

The journal provides an ongoing scholarly debate in the following topics under the green economy umbrella:
• Development economics
• Climate change
• Green Energy
• Income and poverty alleviation
• Green public-private investment
• Social capital and social justice
• Natural resource management
• Development finance for inclusive growth
• Governance, accountability and sustainability
• Accounting measurement for green growth
• Green marketing
• Green Health
• Financial markets and sustainability
• Health Economics
• Agricultural Economics
• Green policy frameworks

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

In order for the manuscript to be published in JGED it should at the minimum meet the following criteria:

  1. Contribution to knowledge
  • Background or introduction with literature showing the research gap being investigated and questions being addressed. This section should contain adequate explanation of how and why the publication contributes to knowledge in the area of green economy, climate change, governance, sustainability, green energy, development economics, and poverty alleviation.
  • A theoretical framework around which the manuscript is contextualized.
  • A clear explanation of the research methodology followed. The methodology should be explained in a way that allows the reviewers to evaluate the validity of methods and findings.
  • A discussion of the research findings and how they address the research questions and the identified gap in knowledge.
  1. Title Page and Abstract

The title page should include:

  • Title
  • Institutional affiliation of the author(s) and the contact details of the corresponding author.
  • At least six key words
  • A concise abstract in 200-400 words detailing the background (what is known and what is not known), methodology, findings of importance and conclusion.
  • To facilitate a blind review process there should be no reference to the author(s) in the abstract and in the rest of the manuscript.
  1. Manuscript Submission
  • To submit a paper, please send an article in the form of an MS Word file attached to an e-mail to editorial@greenpublications.org
  • Submission of a manuscript to JGED confirms that the manuscript has not been published before and is not under consideration at another journal or publication channel anywhere in the world.
  • JGED does not condone plagiarism, and neither does it condone infringement of copyright.
  • All manuscripts are subjected to double blind reviewing.
  1. Format of manuscript
  • All manuscript submissions should be written with a 12-point Arial font, using 1.5 line spacing.
  • Referencing should follow the Harvard referencing system.
  • Acknowledgements should be placed in a final section of the paper before “Reference” section.
  • Figures and Tables should be clearly numbered and form part of the main text.
  • The length of the manuscript should not be less than 2500 words and not more that 6000 words including figure, tables and references.
  1. Publication

Authors relinquish the manuscript’s copyright to the Journal and adhere to the Journal’s Editorial Policy.


3rd Call for Papers

The 3rd annual Journal of Green Economy and Development (JGED) Conference will be held Wednesday, July 8, to Friday, July 10, at Makaranga Lodge in Kloof, located about 25 km from Durban.


Conference Theme: Greening developing economies in the wake of falling oil prices


Abstracts and exhibition proposals submission is now open. Each author or exhibitor may submit an abstract or a proposal in any of the following Conference Tracks.


1. Development Perspectives
2. Climate Change
3. Green Energy
4. Rural Development
5. Natural Resource Management
6. Corporate Social Responsibility
7. Green Technology Innovations
8. Eco-tourism 10. Development Finance & Growth
11. Green Agriculture
12. Governance and Sustainability
13. Green Marketing, Art and Design
14. Indigenous Systems
15. Green Jobs
16. Green Health
17. Sustainable urban and rural livelihoods


Green Economy Exhibitors
Scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, designers, funders and public sector institutions involved in sustainability and green economy are invited to exhibit and market their ideas and concepts at the conference.


Postgraduate Student Track
Postgraduate students are encouraged to submit their papers to the Postgraduate Student Track. This special track is to encourage postgraduate students to network and share their work with other scholars working in their area. Papers submitted to the postgraduate student track will be considered for postgraduate student best paper awards.


The deadline for abstract submissions is May 20, 2015. All papers and posters must be submitted on or before May 30, 2015. Accepted papers must not be published before the time of the conference.


Registration information
Registration fee of R5500.00 is payable by all participants (authors and exhibitors) not later than 30 May 2015. The registration fee includes coffee breaks, three lunches, the gala dinner and a book of abstracts. Logistics and administration related inquiries can be emailed to admin@greenpublications.org

Call for Book Chapter Contributions

Book Project Title: Green Economy and Climate Change Adaptaton: Perspectives from Subsaharan Africa


Editor: P Msweli


Environmental issues affecting the planet are manifested in climate change, social inequities, poverty, air and water pollution. Negative environmental externalities directly affect the vulnerable households and people in rural communities because the environment and nature is a daily lifeline that sustains them. What bedevils policy makers worldwide is how to factor climate change risks in a manner that links livelihoods to sustainable environmental outcomes; how to create a balance between development and environmental protection; and how to ease the tension created by asymmetries of power and justice. The complexities of climate change are exacerbated by predictable and unpredictable future risks and impacts that cannot be anticipated. This presents a monumental challenge for most developing countries that are struggling to overcome pressing economic development challenges including alleviating poverty and creating jobs needed to grow inclusive economies. In addition to contending with a preponderance of vulnerable communities that have been marginalised by the socioeconomic inequities of the past, policy makers in sub-Saharan Africa face decisions on how to allocate life sustaining and scarce resources such as land, clean water, energy and housing to poor households.

In line with the Kyoto Protocol adapted at a meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1997, governments in the sub-Sahara region have introduced a number of policies to ensure environmentally sustainable economic development. In alignment with the international trajectory to find mechanisms to develop adaptation strategies that facilitate adjustments in ecological, social and economic systems in response to climate change, the book aims to cover climate adaptation experiences in sub-Saharan Africa.


Some of the questions that the manuscript will address include:


1. How does climate change impact on rural and urban livelihoods in sub-Saharan?
2. How did indigenous communities respond to a variety of environmental and socioeconomic stimuli in the past?
3. What is the impact of green economy on job growth in South Africa?
4. What is the employment potential of greening sub-Saharan economies?
5. What are lessons that can be learnt from communities regionally and internationally, that have successfully reduced vulnerability of communities to climate change?
6. What are lessons that can be learnt from regional and international coastal cities that have been affected by climate change?
7. What are the climate change adaptation options for economic dualism?
8. What are the policy options for encouraging investment from private sector to promote the public good in a changing climate?
9. How can civil society best support government in integrating climate change risks into planning and policy-making processes?
10. What human capital structures and systems are needed to instil good stewardship values and good practices to protect the environment?
11. How can the education system best prepare the future generation of economic agents for a greener inclusive society?


Significance of The Book:
The book will be an enormous contribution to knowledge and will provide original impetus for crafting climate change policies, structures and systems to build resilience and reduce vulnerability to climate change in sub-Saharan Africa.

Editorial Review Board

Editorial Team
Pumela Msweli: Editor
Tidings Ndhlovu: Associate Editor
Pantaleo DM Rwelamila: Associate Editor

Editorial Review Board

Prof Bawa, A.,  Durban University of Technology
Prof Aziakpono, M.,  University of Stellenbosch, SA
Prof Balkaran, K., Durban University of Technology, SA
Prof Bbenkele, E.K.,  University of Johannesburg
Dr Cameron, J.,  Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherland
Prof Chipunza, C.,  Central University of Technology, SA
Prof Dzansi, D.,  Central University of Technology, SA
Dr B Dzwairo.,  Durban University of Technology
Prof El-Said, H.,  MMU Business School, UK
Prof Gqaleni, N.,  Durban University of Technology
Prof Jolayemi, J., Tennessee State University, US
Prof Kaehler, J., Institute of Economics, Erlangen University, Germany

Prof Khomo, T.M.,  University of Limpopo, SA
Mr Marwa, N.,  Stellenbosch University, SA
Prof Mbatha, C.N., University of South Africa
Prof Moyo, S.,  Durban University of Technology, SA
Dr Moyo, T.,  University of Limpopo, SA
Prof Mollel, N.,  University of Limpopo, SA
Prof Musvoto, W.,  University of Limpopo, SA
Prof Ndlovu-Gatsheni, S.,  University of South Africa
Prof Netswera, F.,  University of Limpopo, SA
Prof Ngcobo, S.,  Mangosuthu University of Technology, SA
Prof Ngwakwe, C.,  University of Limpopo, SA
Prof Odeku, K.,  University of Limpopo
Prof Steyn, R.,  University of South Africa

JGED Gala Dinner 2015 Gallery

The Durban University of Technology hosted the 2nd Annual International Conference of the Journal of Green Economy and Development at the Makaranga Lodge, Kloof, Durban, from 8 to 10 July 2015. On Thursday evening delegates, sponsors and the University representatives shared a light moment at the JGED Gala Dinner.